Glenn Phillips returns for T20 Vitality Blast
BIG-HITTER Glenn Phillips has re-signed for Gloucestershire for 2022 and will be available for selection for the Vitality Blast campaign.
New Zealander Phillips, 25, had an impressive spell with The Shire last season, scoring 500 runs in 12 matches in the Vitality Blast, the second highest total of all batters in last year’s competition. His highest-scoring innings came against Glamorgan in Bristol in June, when his 94* powered Gloucestershire to a 34-run win.
Phillips said: “I really enjoyed my time at Glos last year and I am very glad to be returning this season. It’s going to be an exciting year and I can’t wait to get it under way.”
Phillips, a top order batter-wicketkeeper, has made 35 appearances for his country in T201 since making his debut in 2017, scoring a combined 645 runs in the process. His best performance with the bat for New Zealand came against West Indies, in November 2020, when he scored a record-breaking 108 runs off just 51 balls. Phillips is also a proven wicket-taker and has claimed a combined 45 wickets in 67 First-Class and T20 innings in his career so far.
Phillips is representing Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL) throughout April and May and is due to link up with The Shire at the end of this month.
Dale Benkenstein, Head Coach at Gloucestershire Cricket, said: “Glenn is a huge talent and was one of the best players in the Vitality Blast last year, so we’re delighted to have him back again this season.
“We have ambitions of competing for titles and that includes the T20 Vitality Blast. Glenn offers us a fantastic option at the top of the order and I’m sure our supporters are just as excited to see him bat this summer as the coaching team are.
“His addition, with his pedigree and experience, to an already strong white-ball side gives us a great chance of going toe-to-toe with every opposition we come up against.”
Gloucestershire will play seven T20 Vitality Blast matches at home in 2022.
• Gloucestershire have also signed former Pakistan international bowler Mohammad Amir on a three-match-deal.
The 30-year-old left-arm pace bowler will be available for selection for The Shire’s LV= Insurance County Championship matches against Surrey, Hampshire and Somerset. Amir has played in 36 Test matches for Pakistan and has 119 Test wickets to his name.
The overseas signing will provide Glos with an experienced seam option as cover for the absent Naseem Shah, who will be unavailable for selection until the T20 Vitality Blast campaign.
Amir said: “The County Championship is an amazing competition and I can’t wait to get going with Gloucestershire. I love playing in English conditions and I’m feeling really good, so I hope I can perform well for the team."